Want to create a sanctuary in your own home – a place where you can nurture your sense of wellness and joie de vivre? Aside from creating the right ambiance with fragrance, candles and music,  you can turn your bathroom into a retreat with a few inexpensive ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen.

Egg whites applied to the face make a great tightening mask.

Milk, or even better fermented milk products such as yoghurt, contain lactic acid which sloughs away dead skin cells.

Sugar can be used, combined with other ingredients of your choice, to make an economical body scrub.
Sea Salt can also be used as an exfoliant, or in your bath for general wellbeing (it is purported to cleanse your aura of negative energy).
Espom salts (magnesium sulphate) in your bath detoxes, so assisting in relieving pain and stress. Take an epsom salts bath at the onset of cold and flu symptoms.

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Honey has great antibacterial properties, and it also softens and moisturises the skin. Slather it everywhere if you want to feel like a goddess. You’d think it would be sticky, but suprisingly, when you add water, it feels lovely.

Olive or Coconut oils can be rubbed directly onto your hair and body or added to your bath water for intensive moisturisation.

Oats soften the skin, and soothe inflamation, so are great to add to the bath for irritated skin conditions.

Lavender oil is calming, and helps with depression and anxiety related conditions, like insomnia. As many skin conditions are a reflection of our emotions, you will often find that Lavender oil will calm any skin irritations you might be experiencing. Add a drop each time you shampoo to encourage new hair growth. However, Lavender oil has been associated with an oestrogen-like effect, so watch out for any hormonal changes and discontinue use.
Tea Tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Use of Tea tree oil strengthens the immune system. Adding a few drops to your bath may prevent urinary tract infections, and stop a cold from worsening. You can also dab a little on your feet with cotton wool, or under your toenails with a cotton bud, if you are suffering from athletes foot. You can even add a few drops to your toothpaste when brushing, to improve your breath.

Create your own concoctions, based on your specific needs. If you want to go all out, why not install a bar fridge in your bathroom? That way you can make fresh beauty products and keep them handy in your bathroom, as well as store your nail varnish inside. Be sure to check the electrical regulations beforehand though.